Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin became one of the most popular hockey players in the world partly due to his creativity in the NHL’s Breakaway Challenge over the years. He’s won the competition three times (2008, 2009, 2011). This is why Team Foligno picked him to compete again this year in Columbus. Unfortunately, he did not win.
While Ovechkin brought the creativity, he left his execution in Washington. His final attempt, where he took baseball swings at lob passes from fellow Russian Vladimir Tarasenko, was his most captivating.
After trying to juggle the puck during his first and second official breakaway attempts, Ovechkin used a Russian prop again, Tarasenko, for his third.
Yeah. He struck out.
Alex Ovechkin, on whether a career in baseball is next: "Yeah, I can be water boy."
— Alex Prewitt (@alex_prewitt) January 25, 2015
Watch the entire breakaway challenge, which Blue Jackets forward Ryan Johansen won by sucking up to the Ohio crowd, here.
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